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Virtual reality adds extra dimension for driver training app

Road safety specialist TTC Group has teamed up with Nottingham virtual reality app and web agency Gooii to launch a new fleet risk app that draws upon VR tech to provide a cost and time-saving training solution.

The app uses VR technology to transport users into an environment where they can learn and be tested on speed limit questions and scenarios

The app uses VR technology to transport users into an environment where they can learn and be tested on speed limit questions and scenarios

Part of the firm’s DriverProtect managed service brand for all fleets, the DriverProtect App launches as TTC Group ramps up its corporate driver risk management focus and will initially use VR to help address the common driver problem of identifying speed limits without clear road signs.

Launching in June for iPhone and Android devices, the app uses VR headset gear to transport users into an environment where they can learn and be tested on speed limit questions and scenarios. Future applications of the technology could also look at parking and manoeuvring.

The app will target public sector organisations and businesses that are looking for an alternative training option that saves time, is more cost effective and can be completed without the need to be on the road.

Explaining how the company is passionate about innovating the way it delivers training through the use of technology, Andy Wheeler, business development director at TTC Group, said: “Drivers of cars, vans and goods vehicles (up to and including 7.5 tonnes) will benefit from realistic training that is easy to undertake, quick to complete… all without leaving their place of work or home.”

TTC is also working with Gooii to explore using the VR technology for more bespoke solutions, for example vehicle familiarisation for large corporates rolling out a change in vehicle fleet or delivering training in doorstep customer service delivery, and is looking at future updates for the app that could target LGV and PCV requirements.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.